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JOHN ROHDE Modified: June 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm •  Published: June 22, 2009

NORMAN — Another Hybl is transferring from Georgia to Oklahoma.

Ryan Hybl, the younger brother of former Sooners quarterback Nate Hybl, was officially named OU men's golf coach Monday.

“It's kind of a strange twist for our family,” said Nate Hybl, who transferred from Georgia to Norman in 1999.

Ryan Hybl replaces Jim Ragan, who resigned May 16 after nine seasons with the Sooners.

“Ryan Hybl's passion for college golf and his experience at its highest level as both a player and coach make this an exciting time for our men's golf program,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. “We have matched unbridled enthusiasm with an impressive knowledge of the game, and we're very encouraged about our future.”

OU captured its lone national team title in 1989, but has just two top-10 finishes in the NCAA tournament since then and has failed to advance past regional play eight times in the last 13 seasons.

Last season, the Sooners placed 10th in the Big 12 Tournament, failed to qualify for NCAA regional play and finished ranked 89th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

“We're not giving up on those (current) players at all. We're going to try and develop them,” Hybl said after arriving back in Georgia on Monday night. “We're going to get better, starting today. The first priority is changing perception amongst our team, our alumni and our recruits. We're just going to go about our business and get the best guys we can and develop the guys we've got.

“I don't really have a timetable in mind. I just know we're going to get better.”

Hybl, who will return to Norman on Wednesday to begin recruiting players, had been on the Georgia coaching staff since 2005.

He also played professionally during that time, competing on the Nationwide, Hooters and Tar Heel tours and posting several top-10 finishes before retiring last April with a serious elbow injury.


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